Exploring the Arsenal – Armando Galarraga

Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of view. Click here for a general guide to pitch types and classifications. Graphs are courtesy of Brooks Baseball and The Hardball...

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Winter Leagues 12/15 – Fox And Gimenez Homer

Checking in on Pirates’ players and friends in Thursday’s winter league action:   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tiburones de La Guaira  4,  Leones del Caracas  3 Los Leones’ solo home run in the top of the 9th got them within one run of Los Tiburones, but they could not get any closer.  Armando Galarraga made the start for Los Leones and allowed one run in three of the first four innings.  Caracas scored 2 runs in the top...

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Winter Leagues 12/10 — Big Night For Marte and Gimenez

Checking in with Pirates’ players and friends in winter league action….The Puero Rican League has the weekend off.   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tiburones de La Guaira  8,  Leones del Caracas  2 Six runs in the top of the 7th inning gave Los Tiburones the win.  Armando Galarraga made the start for Los Leones, and allowed only one run on 3 hits in 5.2 innings.  Galarraga got two outs and surrendered a walk in the 6th, then was...

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Pirates Have Some Interest in Armando Galarraga

Last week the Detroit Tigers designated right handed starter Armando Galarraga for assignment, only days after signing him to a one year, $2.3 M deal.  Detroit is currently engaging in trade talks for the right hander, and a deal is “likely”, according to Detroit GM Dave Dombrowski. Rob Biertempfel mentions that the Pirates have some interest in Galarraga, and speculates that they have money to spend to acquire Galarraga,...

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Duke's Arm, Sanchez' Slam Propel Pirates

Mark it down: Zach Duke will make the All-Star team this year. Duke won his seventh game against four defeats by going eight and allowing just three runs. The Pirates jumped on Tigers starter Armando Galarraga with four second inning runs. He was pulled in the third after giving up consecutive hits to start the inning. Nate Robertson got out of that jam unharmed. The same wasn’t true in the following frame when Freddy Sanchez...

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